Wreaths have been around for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Egypt, ancient Greece and the Persian Empire. Once a symbol of power and authority, wreaths were often worn as a headdress or hung on walls as declarations of victory.
The word “wreath” originates from the Old English word “writhan”, which means to “to twist.” They were used by ancient Scandinavian and German people during Yule to represent the promise of spring. In the 16th century, Christians began making evergreen wreaths to display at Christmas. The evergreen leaves and the circular shape both represented eternal life.
Now, wreaths are hung year-round and have little connection to religious practices. Christmas wreaths can be made of virtually any decorative material. Although traditional red and green are still the most commonly used Christmas wreath colors, they can be made or bought in a rainbow of hues.
A Christmas wreath adds a festive flair to your home and invites others to join in your holiday spirit. Check out our favorite 25 DIY Christmas wreaths and make one or more to deck your halls this holiday.
25 DIY Christmas Wreath Ideas to Decorate The Front Door
1. DIY Bottle Brush Wreath
Hearth and Vine’s DIY Bottle Brush Wreath is a simple, inexpensive way to dress up a plain evergreen wreath. You can use a fresh or artificial wreath for your base. The wreath serves as a picture frame around a small display of bottle brush Christmas trees. Choose a variety of bottle brush tree colors and heights to make your little winter landscape attractive.
2. Snowy Winter Wreath
If you want to create a wreath that will look beautiful before, during and after December, this Snowy Winter Wreath project by Scratch and Stitch is for you. This soft, elegant wreath is all at once classic and modern—with a twist of whimsy provided by the drifting snowballs. Using eucalyptus instead of classic evergreen boughs is one element that gives this project post-Christmas appeal. Bonus: you don’t even need a glue gun to make it.
3. Easy Upcycled Coastal Christmas Wreath
Craft bloggers Jane and Sonja invite you to visit Sustain My Craft Habit and make their Easy Upcycled Coastal Christmas Wreath. If you live at the beach or enjoy decorating with a seashore theme, this simple, sea-worthy wreath will take you straight to the oceanside. All you’ll need is a simple straw wreath form, a hot glue gun, assorted sea shells and a repurposed scarf.
4. Christmas Swag
If you’re looking for something beyond the typical round wreath, check out First Day of Home’s Amazing Hack to Make a Christmas Swag. In this simple DIY project, you will use dollar store finds to create a remarkably beautiful door accent. The swag’s base is made from three miniature Christmas trees and embellished with floral pics, pinecones and bows. Add battery powered lights for extra holiday sparkle.
5. Christmas Felt Wreath with Felt Poinsettia
Country Hill Cottage provides crafters with two options for creating this festive felt wreath. Choose the modern option if you want a gray wreath adorned with pink poinsettias and pink, purple and white pompoms. Or, make a traditional holiday wreath by using two shades of green felt leaves and classic red poinsettias and berries. The most tedious part is cutting out all the felt pieces, but you can make short work of it with a Cricut cutting machine.
6. Gradient Rainbow Wreath
Who said that red and green were the only colors for Christmas? Show pride in your colorful holiday spirit with Club Crafted’s DIY Gradient Wreath for the Holidays. If you are new to DIY crafting, this is a supremely simple project to start with. All you need is a plain white artificial wreath and several cans of spray paint to pull off this vibrant accent. Feel free to choose colors other than the ones used in the example to further personalize your project.
7. Package Wreath
You don’t need greenery at all to create this whimsical package wreath. Handmade Charlotte’s project makes use of your scrap pieces of wrapping paper. Choose paper that’s too pretty to throw away but too small to wrap a package. Note that you will have to wrap dozens of tiny “packages” made from foam board, which might become tedious. However, a wreath this adorable is well worth the effort!
8. Modern Christmas Wreath
The leather on a holiday wreath? Sure—why not? Cherished Bliss’ Modern Christmas Wreath brings a current, rustic vibe to your front door. This project results in a piece that you can use throughout the winter, especially if you use neutral greenery, simple berries and snowy branches as your faux stems. A simple black-and-white bow adds a season-long finishing touch.
9. Wire Star Wreath
The Things She Makes blog brings one of the simplest items to our list. These Wire Star Decorations are among the easiest holiday wall art you can make. Simply use twine to tie together a small bundle of artificial fir, eucalyptus and babies’ breath, then affix it to a star-shaped wire form. Consider making a large star for your wall and a series of smaller stars to hang on your tree.
10. JOY Holiday Wreath
Amber Oliver’s JOY Holiday Wreath does exactly what it promises. Its cheery exclamation greets your guests and its colorful simplicity goes well with whimsical Christmas décor. You will need a plain white wreath to serve as the letter “O” and wooden “J” and “Y” letters to hang on each side. Color options are limitless on this easy DIY project, as you can paint the wooden letters any color or pattern you wish.
11. Boho Wreath with DIY Embossed Velvet Leaves
Tanya blogs on Dans le Lakehouse and offers a creative Boho Wreath to adorn your home this holiday season. This bohemian-inspired project departs from the traditional Christmas color scheme. It features peacock feathers, white balls and hand-embossed velvet leaves in peacock hues. A cluster of dangling golden bells notifies you whenever someone opens the door. This project may be more complicated than some DIY wreaths, but the dramatic impact it makes is worth your time.
12. DIY Ornament Wreath
Ornament wreaths have long been popular for Christmas, and Haute & Healthy Living’s DIY Ornament Wreath is totally customizable. Follow the blog’s instructions for a perfectly glamorous wreath in silver, pearly white and rose gold. You’ll need a glue gun, a foam wreath form and an assortment of round ornaments in different sizes. For maximum affordability, purchase ornaments and ribbons at the dollar store or look for them on sale.
13. Light Up Snowman Wreath
The Whimsical Wife stirs up happy childhood memories with her DIY Light Up Snowman Wreath. Primary supplies include two grapevine wreaths of different sizes, battery-powered white light strands, ribbon, cardboard and greenery stems. You start by painting the wreaths white, and use a hot glue gun to connect everything together. Make the snowman match your décor by using ribbon and flower picks that coordinate with your home
14. Modern Holiday Christmas Wreath
Julia Fain of Tag and Tibby offers instructions for creating a Modern Holiday Christmas Wreath. Perfect for modern, Scandinavian or contemporary homes, this DIY project is easy and affordable to create. Her supply list includes an embroidery hoop, faux evergreen springs, glittery orbs and gold magnolia leaves. However, she emphasizes that you can use whatever materials you have on hand or can find on sale. Just keep your embellishments simple to duplicate this look yourself.
15. Joy to the World Christmas Wreath
This faith-inspired wall hanging is brought to you by Amy Latta Creations. The Joy to the World Christmas Wreath is a wreath set atop an inspirational plaque, providing a modern farmhouse or shabby chic feeling. While the artist hand-lettered her plaque, you can purchase one already printed to make the project easier. However, this is a great opportunity to learn a faux calligraphy technique if that is on your DIY to-do list.
16. DIY Metallic Pinecone and Acorn Wreath
Haeley of the Design Improvised blog has created a wreath that merges modern and rustic style. Her DIY Metallic Pinecone and Acorn Wreath is a great project to do with your kids, as they can help collect the pinecones and acorns needed on an afternoon walk in the woods. You’ll need a simple wreath form, a hot glue gun and a variety of metallic paints and glitter glues to glam up your forest finds.
17. Giant Christmas Wreaths
Hula hoops aren’t just for getting the wiggles out. As Ruffled Blog proves, they make fantastic Oversized Wreath forms. What better way to decorate a large empty wall than with a series of giant DIY wreaths? Although this project covers the plastic hoops in Spanish moss and magnolias, you can cover the hoops with any type of greenery or flower you prefer. Other required materials include gold spray paint, floral wire, duct tape and a hot glue gun.
18. Falling Star Wreath
Kristin Prough of BlissMakes blog launches the holidays skyward with her Falling Star Wreath. Visit a craft store to purchase sheets of copper and brass hobby metal and a star-shaped hole punch. Note that the edges of the metal can be sharp, so wear metalworking gloves to keep your fingers safe while cutting. You’ll also need a flat wooden wreath frame, a glue gun and clear stretchy jewelry cord or fishing line to make this metallically stunning holiday decoration.
19. Modern Farmhouse Wreath
Farmhouse décor is here to stay, and this Modern Farmhouse Wreath from OneCrafDIYGirl.com makes the most of this style. Natural materials are a big part of farmhouse design, so this project includes fresh evergreen boughs. The only other things you’ll need are a house or barn ornament, plaid or buffalo check ribbon, floral wire and some fairy lights. Check with your local Christmas tree seller and you may be able to score fir branches for free.
20. DIY Colorful Pom Pom Holiday Wreath
If the holidays are here and you’re running out of time for crafts, the Coastal Bride blog is coming to your rescue. Their DIY Colorful Pom Pom Holiday Wreath is quick and easy to make, and easily customizable to fit your décor scheme. Save money by cutting your own evergreen branches, or save time by purchasing a ready-made wreath. Purchase fluffy pompoms in a variety of colors and sizes and hot-glue them randomly around the wreath for a nearly-instant pop of festivity on your front door.
21. Mid-Century Inspired Wreath
If your parents or grandparents had an aluminum Christmas tree when you were a kid, this Mid-Century Inspired Wreath from Craft + Tell will bring back those amazing retro memories. Colorful and playful, this wreath is also easy for novice DIYers. Simply wrap a foam wreath with a wide aluminum garland and attach retro-style Shiny Brite ornaments and coordinating bottle brush trees.
22. Holiday Paper Wreaths
If you find yourself with an abundance of colorful scrapbooking paper or cardstock, White House Crafts has a Holiday Paper Wreath project for you. Simply use your scrapbooking tools to cut circles in varying sizes, from a variety of coordinating papers. Make or purchase a simple cardboard wreath form and glue your circles in random, yet balanced layers. Embellish the finished wreath with paper snowflakes or other lightweight paper or craft foam accents.
23. DIY Boho Macrame Christmas Wreath
Macrame has enjoyed a rebirth in the home décor scene. This bohemian yarn or rope craft technique forms the basis for Lynn Lewis’ DIY Boho Macrame Christmas Wreath project. If you can tie a knot, you can handle this project. Go for an all-white vibe as Lewis did, or feel free to use whatever color combination strikes you. Battery powered fairy lights are optional, but they add to the festive spirit, especially after dark.
24. PVC Pipe Wreath
Decorating blog “A Beautiful Mess” features an unusual material for wreath creation: PVC pipe. To create your own PVC Pipe Wreath, you will need pipes with four or five different diameters. Use a chop saw or PVC pipe saw to cut the pipe into pieces, which you will arrange and glue together into a wreath shape. Paint it your desired color, then fill random “bubbles” with leaves, flowers, fake birds and any other embellishments you desire.
25. DIY Monogram Wreath
Monograms are always in style, and the Earnest Home Co. blog offers easy instructions for making your own DIY Monogram Wreath for the holidays. All it takes is a large cardboard initial and a faux evergreen garland. You can leave it plain if you wish, or add string lights. A flower or two or a bow are also appropriate embellishments. Keep them simple, however, as to not distract people from noticing the letter’s shape.